The Meaning of Liff

The Meaning of Liff is a little book put together by John Lloyd and Douglas Adams, who wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It is a collection of definitions that they have made up for place names: Ely (n) The first, tiniest inkling you get that something, somewhere, has gone terribly wrong. Seattle(v) To make a … Continue reading The Meaning of Liff

Translations

Last week we heard the Loch Ness monster’s song. This week I thought we could try our hand at translation. I came across these lines in a book of poems by one of my favourite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye:  ‘I used to translate what a hen said. Little kids believed me. I looked deep into … Continue reading Translations

If we could hear things sing.

It is another day for playing with words, for making them up, for creating new sounds. Here’s a link to a poem by Edwin Morgan called ‘The Loch Ness Monster’s Song’. You can find it at the Scottish Poetry Library website. https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/loch-ness-monsters-song/ Edwin Morgan imagined the song of the Loch Ness monster. He made up … Continue reading If we could hear things sing.